NBA.com's John Schuhmann has some very interesting words from Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, who is currently in preparations with Team USA for this summer's World Championships. Asked to compare his experience with Team USA to his time as a Timberwolf, Love minced no words in suggesting that he preferred the national team atmosphere.
Love was asked Tuesday if he felt more appreciated with the U.S. Team than with the Timberwolves.
"Yes," he responded. "Just a solid yes."
But he was quick to clarify.
"I don't want to come off sounding like a prima donna or sound like I'm complaining or anything," Love said. "I just feel like, since I've been here, it's really been a great team atmosphere. We feel like we have a chance to win this whole thing. I think everybody is just coming in with a great attitude and appreciating everybody as a whole, and really becoming a family.
"I'm just saying in a 15-win season, last year with the Timberwolves, a lot of stuff happened...a lot of new players...we had blown up that team. Heading into this year, we need to just start becoming a family, kind of like it is here, and integrate that family atmosphere into the Timberwolves."
Love is perhaps the only long-term solid piece in Minnesota and yet he saw his minutes yanked around last year and a constantly changing cast of characters surrounding him. You can't fault his frustration. Hopefully David Kahn and company get the message.
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